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VALENTINO'S MANIA WEEKEND BLOG: Day 1 Report from WrestleMania Hotel - Christian, Jake Roberts, more

Apr 5, 2013 - 11:12:52 AM
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By Shawn Valentino, PWTorch Magic, Memories, and Mania specialist

I arrived in New York on Thursday. Here are notes and observations from the wrestlers's team hotel.

(1) Everybody seems to be in a really festive mood. WrestleMania is still a couple of days away so it is like a vacation for the wrestlers.

(2) We saw Christian arrive in the middle of the night.

(3) Stars like Mark Henry, Harley Race (in wheelchair), and Layla were at bar until the middle of the night. Henry, usually grumpy and rude, was unusually jolly.

(4) My friends attended the charity party and met John Cena, Stephanie, etc. The Rock was there, but was blocked off by security. His daughter was there and appeared to be uncomfortable with all the attention.

(5) The highlight of the night was definitely seeing Jake "the Snake" Roberts. He was completely coherent, looked amazing, and was downstairs for long stretches of time signing autographs and taking photos. This is the best he has looked since the '80s. The Miracle Worker, Diamond Dallas Page, came down briefly to talk to Snake.

Overall, a really fun night. The real preparation starts tonight as the WWE hotel goes on lockdown to general guests; Vince McMahon has been known to rent out entire hotels on Mania week.

I will be headed to the Hogan-Bischoff Q&A in New York on Friday night.


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